Claystone Launcher on Amazon Kindle Fire
By Will765 On 25 Nov, 2011 At 06:25 PM | Categorized As News | With 3 Comments

Thanksgiving gave me the chance to play around with a friend’s Kindle Fire. I thought the screen was pretty nice, and didn’t see the pixelation in text, as some have said. Colors were sharp, and overall it looks good. However, I really don’t like the interface.  Maybe if you have never used any other android device, it might seem okay.  But for me, I just didn’t like the way you navigate, and sometimes icons needed to be pressed several times before anything happened.  So I went on the Amazon App Store, and typed in “launcher”.  On other devices that I have, doing this gives you a lot of choices, including Go Launcher, ADW, etc.  On the Fire, though, only one choice came up-something I had never heard of before, Claystone Launcher.  So I downloaded it, installed, and opened.  Surprisingly, it’s a nice little launcher.  It gives you the standard android feel, as shown.

With Claystone installed, you now can use the Fire the same as any other Froyo android tablet.  Everything works the same, with a dock, app drawer, long-press on screen to add widgets, change wallpaper, etc.  While there are not a lot of options at this point, it does have one unusual feature.  Press that little wastebasket-looking icon on the bottom middle, and this happens.

Yes, that’s a 3D display now.  You can have panels scroll vertically or horizontally, and the action is very smooth.  While obviously designed for phones, it does work well on the Fire.  It’s a fairly new launcher, but it looks to have a lot of potential.  I tested it on my Adam, and it works, but only displays in portrait mode.  I have to admit I never put the Fire into landscape, it seems a 7″ tablet works best in portrait.  So maybe it only displays right in portrait on all devices, I don’t know for sure.  But if your not into hacking your Fire, and want the familiar android interface, this is your easiest option for now.

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years


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